Stuart Neville: Those We Left Behind is his best novel since his debut, The Twelve. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Serena Flanagan was a memorable supporting character in Stuart Neville’s The Final Silence, in 2014, but Those We Left Behind (Harvill Secker, £12.99)(...)

Kelly Creighton: Writing in the voice of a 22-year-old man,  continually I ask myself if Scott would really say or think that. I was attracted to that part of the challenge. Who is telling the story is the only thing that matters to me, and why they are telling it to me in that particular way. Voice is everything

In my debut novel, The Bones of It, is a character named Klaudia, who Scott McAuley – the book’s protagonist – thinks will lift him out of his small, (...)